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Gathering lots of data on a small budget

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Science  23 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6306, pp. 1360-1361
DOI: 10.1126/science.aag3057

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Many science research projects rely on specialized electronic devices and software to gather data that often come with a high price tag. Advances in open-source hardware and software are occurring at an astounding rate, but scientists are often slow to take advantage of these for purposes beyond their original scope. Here, we advocate that open-source technology can be easily applied in science research to collect large data sets, at the same time reducing costs and increasing the repeatability of experiments.